THE Definitive Guide on Shadowlands 19's!

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    Hello everyone! Digitalchemyst here with another guide! This guide will inform you of everything you need to know to play a level 19 character in Shadowlands (SL). Since the PTR is still up as of writing this, some information may change and will be updated as such. Let's jump into it!

    Sections:
    Dungeons
    Class & Specialization Abilities For 19's
    Gear Guide
    Enchant Guide
    Tier List

    DUNGEONS
    Vanilla
    • Blackfathom Deeps
    • Deadmines
    • Dire Maul
    • Gnomeregan
    • Maraudon
    • Ragefire Chasm
    • Razorfen Downs
    • Razorfen Kraul
    • Scarlet Halls
    • Scarlet Monastery
    • Scholomance
    • Shadowfang Keep
    • Stratholme
    • The Stockade
    • Uldaman
    • Wailing Caverns
    • Zul'Farrak
    The Burning Crusade
    • Auchenai Crypts
    • Hellfire Ramparts
    • Mana-Tombs
    • Old Hillsbrad Foothills
    • Sethekk Halls
    • The Blood Furnace
    • The Slave Pens
    • The Underbog
    Wrath of the Lich King
    • Ahn'Kahet: The Old Kingdom
    • Azjol-Nerub
    • Drak'Tharon Keep
    • The Nexus
    • The Violet Hold
    • Utgarde Keep
    Cataclysm
    NONE

    Mists of Pandaria
    • Stormstout Brewery
    • Temple of the Jade Serpent
    Warlords of Draenor
    • Bloodmaul Slag Mines
    • Iron Docks
    • Shadowmoon Burial Grounds
    Legion
    • Assault on Violet Hold
    • Black Rook Hold
    • Darkheart Thicket
    • Eye of Azshara
    • Halls of Valor
    • Maw of Souls
    • Neltharion's Lair
    • Vault of the Wardens
    Battle for Azeroth
    • Atal'Dazar
    • Freehold
    CLASS & SPECIALIZATION ABILITIES FOR 19's
    Death Knight
    All
    • Anti-Magic Shell
    • Chains of Ice
    • Dark Command
    • Death and Decay
    • Death Coil
    • Death Grip
    • Death Strike
    • Mind Freeze
    • Raise Dead
    • Rune Forging
    • Rune Strike
    Blood
    • Blood Boil
    • Heart Strike
    • Marrowrend
    • Rune Tap
    Frost
    • Frost Strike
    • Howling Blast
    • Obliterate
    • Remorseless Winter
    Unholy
    • Apocalypse
    • Festering Strike
    • Outbreak
    • Scourge Strike
    Demon Hunter
    All
    • Chaos Strike
    • Consume Magic
    • Demon's Bite
    • Fel Rush
    • Immolation Aura (Rank 2)
    • Throw Glaive (Rank 2)
    • Torment
    Havoc
    • Blade Dance
    • Chaos Nova
    • Chaos Strike (Rank 2)
    • Eye Beam
    • Vengeful Retreat
    Vengeance
    • Demon Spikes
    • Fel Devastation
    • Fiery Brand
    • Infernal Strike
    • Shear
    • Sigil of Flame
    • Soul Cleave (Rank 2)
    • Throw Glaive
    Druid
    All
    • Aquatic Form
    • Bear Form
    • Cat Form
    • Dash
    • Entangling Roots
    • Ferocious Bite
    • Growl
    • Ironfur
    • Mangle
    • Moonfire
    • Prowl
    • Regrowth
    • Revive
    • Shred
    • Wrath
    Balance
    • Remove Corruption
    • Starfire
    • Starsurge
    Feral
    • Rake
    • Remove Corruption
    • Thrash
    • Tiger's Fury
    Guardian
    • Bear Form (Rank 2)
    • Maul
    • Remove Corruption
    • Thrash
    Restoration
    • Ironbark
    • Nature's Cure
    • Rejuvenation
    • Swiftmend
    Hunter
    All
    • Arcane Shot
    • Aspect of the Cheetah
    • Aspect of the Turtle
    • Disengage
    • Exhilaration
    • Feign Death
    • Flare
    • Freezing Trap
    • Steady Shot
    Beast Mastery
    • Barbed Shot
    • Cobra Shot
    • Concussive Shot
    • Counter Shot
    • Kill Command
    Marksmanship
    • Aimed Shot
    • Bursting Shot
    • Concussive Shot
    • Counter Shot
    Survival
    • Harpoon
    • Kill Command
    • Muzzle
    • Raptor Strike
    • Serpent Sting
    • Wing Clip (Rank 2)
    Mage
    All
    • Arcane Explosion
    • Arcane Intellect
    • Blink
    • Conjure Refreshment
    • Counterspell
    • Fire Blast
    • Frostbolt
    • Frost Nova
    • Polymorph
    • Slow Fall
    • Teleport
    Arcane
    • Alter Time
    • Arcane Barrage
    • Arcane Blast
    • Arcane Explosion (Rank 2)
    • Arcane Missiles
    • Conjure Mana Gem
    • Slow
    Fire
    • Fireball
    • Fire Blast (Rank 2)
    • Flamestrike
    • Phoenix Flames
    • Pyroblast
    • Scorch
    Frost
    • Blizzard
    • Cone of Cold
    • Flurry
    • Ice Lance
    • Summon Water Elemental
    Monk
    All
    • Blackout Kick
    • Crackling Jade Lightning
    • Expel Harm
    • Leg Sweep
    • Provoke
    • Resuscitate
    • Roll (Rank 2)
    • Spinning Crane Kick
    • Tiger Palm
    • Touch of Death
    • Vivify
    • Zen Pilgrimage
    Brewmaster
    • Shuffle
    • Spear Hand Strike
    • Stagger
    Mistweaver
    • Enveloping Mist
    • Renewing Mist
    • Soothing Mist
    Windwalker
    • Blackout Kick (Rank 2)
    • Fists of Fury
    • Spear Hand Strike
    Paladin
    All
    • Consecration
    • Crusader Strike
    • Divine Shield
    • Divine Steed
    • Flash of Light
    • Hammer of Justice
    • Hand of Reckoning
    • Judgment
    • Lay on Hands
    • Redemption
    • Shield of the Righteous
    • Word of Glory
    Holy
    • Beacon of Light
    • Cleanse
    • Holy Light
    • Holy Shock (Rank 2)
    Protection
    • Avenger's Shield
    • Cleanse Toxins
    • Consecration (Rank 2)
    • Crusader Strike (Rank 2)
    • Hammer of the Righteous
    • Judgment (Rank 3)
    Retribution
    • Blade of Justice
    • Cleanse Toxins
    • Crusader Strike (Rank 2)
    • Hand of Hindrance
    • Judgment (Rank 3)
    • Templar's Verdict
    Priest
    All
    • Desperate Prayer
    • Fade
    • Mind Blast
    • Power Word: Fortitude
    • Power Word: Shield
    • Psychic Scream
    • Ressurection
    • Shadow Word: Death
    • Shadow Word: Pain
    • Smite
    Discipline
    • Penance
    • Purify
    • Shadow Mend
    Holy
    • Flash Heal
    • Heal
    • Holy Fire
    • Holy Word: Serenity
    • Purify
    • Renew
    • Smite (Rank 2)
    Shadow
    • Devouring Plague
    • Dispersion
    • Mind Blast (Rank 2)
    • Mind Flay
    • Purify Disease
    • Shadow Form
    • Shadow Mend
    • Vampiric Touch
    Rogue
    All
    • Ambush
    • Cheap Shot
    • Crimson Vial
    • Eviscerate
    • Instant Poison
    • Kick
    • Kidney Shot
    • Pick Lock
    • Sap
    • Sinister Strike
    • Sprint
    • Stealth
    Assassination
    • Deadly Poison
    • Fan of Knives
    • Garrote
    • Mutilate
    • Rupture
    • Shadowstep
    • Sinister Strike
    Outlaw
    • Blade Flurry
    • Between the Eyes
    • Grappling Hook
    • Pistol Shot
    • Sinister Strike
    Subtlety
    • Backstab
    • Rupture
    • Shadowstep
    • Shadowstrike
    • Shuriken Storm
    • Shuriken Toss
    Shaman
    All
    • Ancestral Spirit
    • Earthbind Totem
    • Far Sight
    • Flame Shock
    • Flametongue Weapon
    • Frost Shock
    • Ghost Wolf
    • Healing Surge
    • Lightning Bolt
    • Lightning Shield
    • Primal Strike
    • Reincarnation
    • Wind Shear
    Elemental
    • Cleanse Spirit
    • Earth Shock
    • Lava Burst
    Enhancement
    • Cleanse Spirit
    • Lava Lash
    • Windfury Weapon
    Restoration
    • Ancestral Vision
    • Lava Burst
    • Purify Spirit
    • Riptide
    Warlock
    All
    • Corruption
    • Create Healthstone
    • Curse of Exhaustion
    • Curse of Weakness
    • Drain Life
    • Eye of Kilrogg
    • Fear
    • Health Funnel
    • Shadow Bolt
    • Summon Imp
    • Summon Succubus
    • Summon Voidwalker
    • Unending Breath
    • Unending Resolve
    Affliction
    • Agony
    • Corruption (Rank 2)
    • Malefic Rapture
    • Unstable Affliction
    Demonology
    • Call Dreadstalkers
    • Demonbolt
    • Hand of Gul'dan
    • Summon Felguard
    Destruction
    • Conflagrate
    • Chaos Bolt
    • Immolate
    • Incinerate
    Warrior
    All
    • Charge
    • Execute (Rank 3)
    • Hamstring
    • Ignore Pain
    • Pummel
    • Shield Block
    • Shield Slam
    • Slam
    • Taunt
    • Victory Rush (Rank 2)
    • Whirlwind
    Arms
    • Colossus Smash
    • Mortal Strike
    • Overpower
    Fury
    • Bloodthirst
    • Rampage
    • Raging Blow
    • Single-Minded Fury OR Titan's Grip
    Protection
    • Devastate
    • Revenge
    • Shield Slam (Rank 2)
    • Thunder Clap

    GEAR GUIDE
    (LINK, Work in Progress)
    The Gear Guide was largely taken from work done by @villiansv, but I am adapting it for 19's. Of note for gearing, mastery now works at lvl 10, and for some classes, it will be a strong stat, if not the best stat.
    I still recommend grabbing the socket gear from TBC dungeons as backup, however, for the moment, it appears other gear is far stronger.

    Here is a quick rundown on how to gear currently for SL (shoutout to @Syrayeda for helping compile this info!). Please follow IN-ORDER:
    1. Start "Tides of War" quest from Hero's Herald in Stormwind, and skip scenario (if available). Complete quest chain until you unlock Boralus/Zul'Dazar portal room.
    2. Turn on Legion Chromie time (HERE).
    3. Start " The Legion Returns" quest from Hero's Call board in Stormwind, and skip scenario (if available).
    4. Start your Artifact Weapon questline (a quest giver will follow you in Dalaran after you arrive).
    5. Do the Legion main story quest chains (AZSUNA, VAL'SHARAH, HIGHMOUNTAIN, STORMHEIM) for 4 ilvl 50 armor pieces (BELT, CHEST, HANDS, LEGS).
    6. Choose Chromie WoD timeline, drop quest after teleporting to Blasted Lands, and walk through WoD Dark Portal to immediately teleport to Shadowmoon Valley to begin building your Garrison - Get the Ring reward from Mission table (ilvl 40).
    7. Stay in Chromie WoD Timeline to farm the Apexis Crystal RARES for ilvl 44 gear for the rest of your armor/weapon slots (THIS GUIDE will help).

    ENCHANT GUIDE
    (LINK)
    Shoutout to @Swoops for continuing his great enchanting guide! This guide is updated for Shadowlands, and will help you in finding all the right enchants for your gear.

    TIER LIST
    (Work in Progress)
    I'm going to hold off on making the tier list for now due to issues with what gearing currently looks like. I will say that just about everything looks viable, minus tank specs. Once I can see what gear makes it to live on pre-patch and doesn't get nerfed after a month or so, I will make this.
     
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    Lvl 19, 29, and 39 Shadowlands Pre-Patch Prep

    *MUST DO*​
    • Lvl to 40 and learn 100% mount speed! It will be GF’d!
    *SHOULD DO*​
    • Consolidate Marks of Honor to 1 or 2 characters. Prepare to buy honor gems from Stormwind PVP vendor. DO NOT BUY BEFORE PRE-PATCH!
    • Buy/Farm mats for TBC, WotLK, and possibly BfA to prepare to lvl Engineering, Jewelcrafting, and/or Alchemy on your main character(s).
    *ON PATCH DAY*​
    • Go to Shattrath and buy all the gear you can use from G'eras. There will be a portal available in the portal room for 19s.
    • Learn TBC, WotLK and BfA professions (might be hotfixed).
    • Unlock your artifact weapon quest (do not put in relic gems yet!)
    • Enchant your artifact weapon (needs to be applied while the ilvl is low).
    • If Legion Dungeon gear is still ilvl 44, run those until you have a full set.
    • If not, run BC dungeons to get socket gear.
    • Socket BC gear with honor gems.
    • Socket relic weapon.
    • Train your new professions.
    *KNOWN BRACKET ISSUES*​
    • Currently, if you lvl to 40 and learn 100% mount speed, that will be GF'd and unavailable to learn for lvl 19's at pre-patch.
    • Legion and BfA dungeon gear drop higher-than-normal item lvl gear, (ilvl 44) making those likely BiS.
    • The 5 agi/5 crit & 5 int/5 crit honor gems that are purchased with Marks of Honor do not scale down like the other gems.
    Link to official lvl squish info: LINK

    Link to Pre-Patch date: LINK
     
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    Guess lvling to 44, getting 100% mount speed and some scaled pieces for the luls might not be a bad choice.

    Could lvl through pvp and get some boxes too for those that care enough.
     
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    I wouldn't lvl past 44, since that is the highest lvl that will squish down to 19. I personally am shooting for lvl 42 on my GF'd 39, since it appears that on pre-patch, your character will be 1 XP from lvling to the next lvl, which is a little too close for comfort for me.
     
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    Just shut off your xp at your desired level, or wait by the xp off person
     
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    True, and I am doing that with some other 39's that I care less about.
     
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    Oh, thought 44-45 were both 19 when the scaling hits. Edited it to 44 then.
     
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    Just leveled my 39 druid to 40 on retail, going for the 100% mount speed wouldn't hurt :) ill be holding off on deciding whether to go to 18-19 until after SL releases to see what changes tbh, kinda scared to go any higher than 40 right now on live especially if characters are grandfathered.

    Also, i'd like to note that going from 39-40 would not present any negatives to your character in SL... even if you have full titanforged Felshroud gear, or timewarped AV armor etc, or even highly scaled old quest gear ilvl 45+
     
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    kind of hurts leveling to 40...
     
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    Yep, Took me a while to make the decision. But nothing changes once your character hits 40 when the transfer to SL takes place. Whether your 39-40 it makes no difference at all, will still be at SL 17 twinked with 100% mount speed and same exact items/ilvl.
     
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    has anyone been able to test out if leg/shoulder enchants are able? and or anything req in that range like sharpening stones ect...
     
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    ALL leg/shoulder/scopes have a required lvl now for the enchant to work. Most enchanting enchants still work, though a few are a bit buggy.
     
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    Currently leveling all 29s/39s to 40 does hurt but they wont go back on the level squish! will be keeping 19s as they are until we see what the new vet cap will be. That way with a sub can play the Shadowlands 19s, and then without a sub play whatever the new cap is.
     
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    I agree. 19s XP-OFF are a safe bet moving forward. You can gear with confidence that it will be 1) a playable bracket, and 2) not subject to the chicanery Blizzard likes to do. Since we don't know what the F2P bracket is going to be, that could be a dangerous game of lvling to 20, then in a few weeks/months Blizzard says oh, that wasn't supposed to be the F2P cap, it should be 10 instead...
     
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    I would scalp a motherfucker
     
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    if blizz continues with the x0-x9 BG bracketing, i would like to think 19's are a safe bet. but 19s could not keep it going in retail BFA, many went to classic wow, and maybe next year TBC. players will be split between 3 separate video games
     
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    Perhaps, but I have A LOT of players who moved to classic expressing interest in SL 19's.
     
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    That's a good find, but since it's low ilvl, no sockets, and the set bonus is rather weak, I doubt it will see any play... Keep looking for more unique gear like that though!
     
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    upload_2020-9-26_14-16-17.png Just testing Zuldazar rares at the moment with my 19 on the PTR... Haven't seen the proc yet but here's a cloak.
    --- Double Post Merged, Sep 26, 2020, Original Post Date: Sep 26, 2020 ---
    Also I don't know if its been mentioned in this thread but I have been buying up 43/44 epics on live that are ilvl 56... These seem to become ilvl 28/29 on the PTR. An interesting one I've seen so far is the Green Shield (here it is compared to the Shattrath vendor):

    upload_2020-9-26_14-21-42.png
    --- Double Post Merged, Sep 26, 2020 ---
    Scrap that, green cloaks look superior! Btw do we have a 19 item find thread? It appears that newly dropped 19 greens are ilvl 28. Level 44 greens are ilvl 25.
    upload_2020-9-26_14-31-14.png
    --- Double Post Merged, Sep 26, 2020 ---
    Edit: Also worth noting that if you enter Bfa dungeons higher levels can trade you ilevel 72 items... and you can equip them!
     

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